I started meditating about four years ago and love it! My daily meditation has significantly changed my life. I started off doing it in yoga and Kundalini class. I was addicted to the inner peace, calmness, and serenity I felt, so I began practicing it at home and I later studied under Tom Cronin with whom I still meditate once a week.
The reason I loved meditation so much was because my mind was always so busy. I was in a constant state of fear. I was always living in the past and future, never in the present. But I found that when I was meditating, all that dissolved. I also realized I was not breathing down into my belly. I spent so much time breathing up in my chest.
Did you know that we have over 60 000 thoughts per day? Most of them are old thoughts from the day before. We do a heck lot of unnecessary thinking that takes us out of the present moment and that is why meditation is such a great tool. It brings you back into the here and now. It slows down your breathing and brings you back into the present.
I meditate for twenty minutes every morning and night. I do it as soon as my alarm goes off in the morning. I push stop on my alarm, swing my legs over the bed and start. It’s so easy! You don’t need a special room, cushion, or altar. All of those are nice, but not necessary. Some mornings I will wake up and head straight down to the beach for a meditation on the sand. Either way, my meditation gets done first thing. This is a non-negotiable.
You can meditate anywhere and in any situation. Heck! Sometimes, I am meditating whilst I am waiting in the line at the post office and sometimes when I am on the loo. Being in a meditative state is a choice that I choose to be in constantly. It’s so much nicer than feeling stressed, anxious, or fearful. That’s the state of mind which I use to entertain.
I hear a lot of my clients say - “But, I don’t know how to meditate!”
Here’s my step-by-step guide:
1. Get in a comfy, seated position.
2. Sit with your spine long, chin tucked in.
3. Gently close your eyes and lips.
4. Focus your attention on the tip of your nose. Breathe in and out through your nose.
5. You can even try this:
- Inhale for 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
- hold for 2, 1
- and exhale for 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
6. Repeat this over and over.
7. If you’re a first-timer, try this for five to ten minutes. If you are an avid meditator try adding five minutes to your practice for the next week.
And please note -
It’s really important to remember that thoughts that pop into your head are normal – It’s inevitable! Don’t beat yourself up and give up. Instead, just choose to let those thoughts go. Bring your attention back to your breathing and into the here and now.
Good luck meditating. Let me know how it goes.
Download an MP3
Yesterday we helped you ease into the Easter break by presenting the guided meditation with Mel. Perhaps you’d like to continue to use this on a daily basis and so we thought you might like to download the sound-track for your MP3 player. You can do that by clicking on the link below.